Meet Date and Noi of Racha Herb Garden

Meet Date and Noi of Racha Herb Garden

 

Their Family

A wonderful family, honest and hardworking.

Date is 69,  studies alternative medicine. He is a civil engineer and used to be a contractor.

His wife, Noi is 65, (tea works! Look at her skin, and perfect eyesight) likes gardening and cooking and tends to all the plants in the garden.

They have 3 kind children who they have raised well.

They have 2 funny helpers in the farm (I don’t know, they seem to find me funny everytime I pass.) They give me pellets to feed the fish when they see me sitting my lazy ass by the lake. lol

They have 2 cats, one is shy, one becomes overly demanding once you get her started.

The Racha Herb garden is their family home which they have been struggling to keep.

POSSIBILITIES

YOGA RETREAT

The place is perfect for those who want to organize a yoga/meditation retreat and they are open to making arrangements with a yoga teacher.

DIGITAL NOMAD COMMUNITY

It is also perfect as a digital coworking community as internet is tops and lots of places to hang out and do as a community.

EAT PRAY LOVE

And of course as a personal retreat to writers, or those who are having an eat pray love moment. The place can be booked via AirBnb for short term/long term.

TEA TRADING

He has a line of teas both dried and ready to drink beverage with limited distribution in Chiang Mai. Each have healing properties – lowering blood sugar, improving the immune system, cancer fighting. I know that this can prosper with the right partners who can repackage and market this online or by classical trade distribution

I offer here photos, videos and description of the their home

LOCATION

Location is about 13 Minutes from Chiang mai International Airport,

20 minutes from Chiang Mai Old Town, accessible by Uber or they can also fetch you for a fee.

 

Garden

They have an herb garden and a vegetable farm

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They have plenty of trees – guavas, coconuts, papaya, banana, bamboo, mangoes, more than I can name.

Noi, can teach you how to plant, cut cook their herbal teas .

 

Amenities

It has a lake with bamboo tables and chairs and barbecue grills around

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a mess hall, a villa, a bar, a gym, a big kitchen, a fun bike path and lots of bikes.

Of course that braggaworthy, “My Office” selfie by the lake.

Accomodation

It has 15 guest rooms that range from bamboo, lanai/container type, concrete that can accommodate 20.

 

I have taken a video of my bike ride around their garden. Sorry if bumpy, I was scared of falling and biking at the same time, lol.

The rooms are thoughtfully furnished, nice clean beds, fresh towels (arranged like a swan-lol), TV, A/C and Internet. En suite shower with warm water. I didn’t take a picture of my room as it is currently messy. But you can see them here on their airbnb site.

Fresh Food From Their farm

Because I lurv pork

  

 

CONTACTS

https://www.facebook.com/rachaherbgardens/

+66 97 295 9979

airbnb https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/5096621

THE FCS JOURNEY

THE FCS JOURNEY

Italian Leather Tradition, Asian Accessibility

Real value is in people and nature.   Money is just a medium.

 

 

After we have sold the beta version in Spring 2016, it took us more than a year to take the next step to production. There are valid reasons why.

 

We found that Italian leather manufacturing is a dying tradition.

 

The big brands as “G****i” and “P****a” are killing the leather tradition.

They cut the leather in Italy, send it to Asia for sewing, then send it back to Italy to sew on the label “Made In Italy”. They haggle the cost of manufacturing so low that it is not possible for the Italian manufacturers to survive for long. That’s the sad truth.

This blind leather craftsman closed his shop and sold all his tools and leather to an “avvoltoio”,  those who seek faltering businesses and buy their life long leather collection for loose change.

There are a lot of Chinese sweat shops in Italy who do not pay their taxes and maltreat their illegal, underpaid Chinese workers.  While some of them might be caught and closed down, they reappear back again.  While the Italian leather artisans pay heavy taxes, these Chinese get away scot free.

Italian factories cannot compete either with China, Bangladesh or these Italian Chinese sweatshops. We cannot bring ourselves to work with them for their disrespect of nature and human lives.   Yet, we cannot be correct and be priced right.

The markup for travel goods is Cost X 5 -10.

That allocates for a big retail mark-up (up to  2 – 2.8 times wholesale price) and allowance for  sales agent commission (10%) and costs of a return guarantee (a high 4-7% for new brands).

The profit allocated is usually just half of the manufacturing cost, if lucky, and all marketing costs eat into the profit.

And it takes 3 collections before distributors order from a new brand, an eyeopener, when we participated in MIPEL.

If we want a lasting product that treats and pays workers right and does not abuse the planet, we simply cannot compete.

We also reject “vegan leather”. Because it has become  a marketing term.

It usually is cheap synthetic plastic that will not last and end up in landfills. The term vegan leather was hijacked to make you feel good about buying cheap. And we don’t stand for BS like that.

A landfill where “vegan” leather goes to die.

We want a bag that gets better with age, like a trustworthy friend.

So this is what we are doing:

We partnered with an Italian tannery to do leather vegetable tanning (a more natural process) with strict waste management control to use hide food-by-product from the Philippine cattle industry.

We use this leather for production in Marikina, a beautiful town with a long standing shoe and bag making tradition in the Philippines which right now cannot compete with its Chinese, Bangladesh counterparts. (It is also my birthplace -Rowena).

We would like to invite you to learn about Marikina’s history in this poignant movie here.

The project is managed by industry experts with the help of the able leadership of the townsfolk of Marikina and the guidance of our government.

It took us a long time to set this all up and we are still in the process.

But we believe in doing things right and valuing human and natural resource as the real profit of our endeavor.  It is far more worthy than one bag.  It is a graceful journey-  from us, to you.

 

We believe in grace.

Beauty of intention and execution.

 

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